Gander and Area SPCA
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A cat that stowed away inside a transport truck during a run from New Brunswick to central Newfoundland is headed back home. The cat — nicknamed "Trucker" by staff at the SPCA shelter in Gander — had hitched a ride with an unsuspecting truck driver two weeks ago. The driver took the cat to the SPCA in the town after discovering the animal among his cargo. The SPCA said a person in Moncton has offered to pay the air cargo charges to return the cat to his home province. As well, the SPCA said, the individual has agreed to adopt the slim, black cat if an owner does not step forward
A cat that stowed away inside a transport truck during a run from New Brunswick to central Newfoundland is headed back home.
The cat — nicknamed "Trucker" by staff at the SPCA shelter in Gander — had hitched a ride with an unsuspecting truck driver two weeks ago. The driver took the cat to the SPCA in the town after discovering the animal among his cargo.
The SPCA said a person in Moncton has offered to pay the air cargo charges to return the cat to his home province.
As well, the SPCA said, the individual has agreed to adopt the slim, black cat if an owner does not step forward
Dreyfus is a sweet 14 year old dog that was taken from her owners along with another dog and seven cats. They had been left in an abandoned house when the owners had moved out. The owner said she would go up to the house every day and feed them but they probably spent 23 hours of the day penned up in the house. We were very doubtful about finding a home for Dreyfus until a wonderful couple from St. John's saw her picture on our website. She was adopted out to this couple and now has a loving home to live out her remaining days. Thank-you very much to her new family!!
This is beautiful Dreyfus in her new home.
Jinks story is a very sad one. She is a 14 year old spayed female mixbreed. Jinks was obviously once cared for due to the fact that she is spayed and vaccinated. She has an old injury to her hind left leg which has left her unable to use it. (She has adjusted quite well to running on three legs.) We recieved a complaint of an old crippled dog that was left tied on to a doghouse in the rain and snow. When we arrived we found poor Jinks, shivering in the cold. She was taken to our shelter where she was given food, water and a nice warm blanket. Jinks is a sweet old dog who did not deserve to be treated the way she was. We do realize that it is very unlikely we will find a home for her to live out her remaining days but we will at least give her the chance before having her euthanized.
Jinks was adopted out to a fantastic home here in Gander and is doing great!! Check out our guestbook for a note from her new owners
Foxy is a stray dog that was brought to our shelter with a broken hind leg. She has such a sweet disposition that we have all fallen in love with her and want to give her a chance at a better life. We think she may have been hit by a car a week or so ago. In this short time she seems to have adjusted well to walking and running on her three good legs. She is a 7-8 month old mixbreed female. We would like to raise enough money for Foxy to have her hind leg amputated.
UPDATE!!!! Foxy had her leg amputated shortly after arriving at our shelter. She had been here quite a while and we were getting a little worried about her finding a home. Thanks to "Ruffspots" we were able to get her spayed in late October. Three days later she was adopted into a home with two cats and is doing great!!!
Before moving to Gander I had been taking care of dogs for years. But
By: Ronald Knowling
Matt the Afghan cat
Matt was rescued by soldiers of the U.S military in Afghanistan. He was neutered and fully vaccinated before leaving on his long journey to the United States. The flight stopped in Gander and the soldiers, feeling that Matt would like a breathe of fresh air, decided to tie a belt around him and take him out for a few minutes. The noise from the plane spooked Matt and he escaped with the belt still around his chest. We were called by Canadian Customs and notified of the situation. That evening I went up to the airport and walked around the area he had last been seen. There was no sign of him. Two days later we were told that he had been spotted and once again I rushed up to the area. I searched for about 40 minutes and was about to give up when I looked down and there he was, not 1 foot away from where I stood. He was hiding in an old tree stump. When I reached for him he took off running with the belt dragging behind him. I thought to myself " I wonder was this his last chance to be rescued?" The following evening I again went looking for him to no avail. The fourth day there was still no sightings of him. On the 5th day I contacted the owner in Georgia, he suggested I try bringing a can of food up with a can opener and tap on the can. He said if Matt is anywhere near where he can hear it he will come running. So my plan for that evening was set. I would go up after supper to try the can opener. Before I had the chance to go up I received a call from a dog walker who had spotted Matt in the same area. I grabbed a can of food and can opener and rushed up there. Just as I was going down the road I saw a gentleman standing with Matt in his arms. He said he found him lying down in the woods. Matt was brought to the shelter where I found out that because of the belt around his chest he could not lie down in comfort. I cut the belt off of him and he gave a sigh and lay down on the blanket. He had no interest what so ever in the food. He was just too exhausted. Matt is now doing a lot better and we are hoping to reunite him with his owners in the near future.
Matt will be going to his new home in Georgia, U.S.A on June 13th/05!!
Noah has been adopted!
This 6-7 year old neutered male yellow lab is a very special dog who is looking for a very special home. He was picked up in a wooded area in Gambo,where he had been spotted for several days. When he first arrived at the shelter he refused to walk and we had thought that he may have had an injury to his legs. He was carried into the vet clinic by stretcher. After a vet check it was found that he did not appear to have any broken bones but that he was blind! We do not know what has caused his blindness but Labrador Retrievers are one of the dog breeds that are prone to hereditary cataracts. He also had several cuts on his face, possibly from running into trees while in the woods. He appeared to be a dog who had given up all hope of living and was just waiting to die. The first day at the shelter he rarely stood up and looked very depressed. However we have been encouraging him daily and he now will follow me around the shelter and seems to be adjusting to his new surroundings. He has even begun to wag his tail! If you would like to adopt this dog or know of any information on him please call the Gander and Area SPCA at 651-3002 Noah is now in a loving home with 2 other dogs and a cat. He continues to do well and learns something new every day. His new owners are very happy to have Noah as a part of their family.
For anyone who has suffered the loss of a beloved pet, such as Cleo our shelter cat who passed away November 2003 this is a must read poem!
Room In Your Heart
Sorrow fills a barron space, I close my eyes and see your face and think of times I made you laugh. The love we shared, the bond we had. The special way I needed you-the friendship shared by just we two.
The day seems quiet, the world seems older. The wind blows now a little colder. You gaze into the empty air and look for me but I'm not there. I'm in heaven and Iwatch you and see the world around you too.
I see little souls wearing fur. Souls who bark and souls who purr. Born unwanted and unloved, I see all this from above. I watch them suffer I see them cry, I see them lost I see them die. I see unwanted thousands born and when they die nobody mourns.
These little souls wearing fur ( souls who bark and souls who purr) are castaways, unlike me will never know love or security. A few short months they starve and roam, or caged in shelters nobody takes home. They're special too (furballs of pleasure) Filled with love, each one a treasure.
My pain and suffering came to an end, so don't cry for me my person my friend, but think of the living, those souls with fur (some who bark and some who purr) and though our bond can't be broken apart make room for another in your home and your heart.
By: Caro Schubert-James
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